Now you’re probably sick of hearing about Rona and how many cases we have every day or whatever. But one thing that I feel isn’t being spoken about is how it’s tearing us apart. Mainly on a family front. It’s heartbreaking to ring my family and talk about plans for the future when that is so uncertain. Lots of “yeah maybe I’ll be back by then” to everyone I know.
And I know I’m speaking for everyone on campus when I say we’re all missing something. We’re missing our families, a friend, a pet or a place that we used to visit all the time. In this wonderful time, we live in, we’re Zooming, FaceTiming and calling people but at the end of the day this is doing nothing to help relationships with family. A good majority of us have moved out and our families miss us severely. These are the people with who we should be spending face-to-face time to grow as young adults. But we can’t even go back for a night or a couple of days because we all have to be inside.
This is for the greater good as lockdown does prevent the spread of COVID but at what cost? I’ve definitely noticed a change in my family over the phone, they seem sadder and they seem too long for the day when I can come and visit them or vice versa. I feel as though we are drifting apart due to the long distance between CSU and home. Hearing my mum on the other end of the phone is satisfactory but at the end of the day, nothing beats watching Red Dog for the 500th time with mum and my brother or going to the beach with Dad.
These are the years that I thought I would make memories with my parents so it’s heartbreaking to think that I will never get those opportunities again. So all in all, we as a generation have to savour our time with our parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents, cousins you name it. Because if there’s one thing that this pandemic has taught it’s that your family unit is the most important thing in the world at any age and you need to savour the time we have together because it won’t last forever.